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Development of non-toxic, low-cost, high-performing, disinfecting household gadget to prevent the spread of germs, viruses, bacteria, and fungus.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - 3E (Development of non-toxic, low-cost, high-performing, disinfecting household gadget to prevent the spread of germs, viruses, bacteria, and fungus.)

Reporting period: 2020-10-01 to 2021-09-30

Cleaning and disinfecting agents and cleaning products play an important role in our everyday life. The risks of infection are growing rather than declining, even in everyday life. Increasing concerns and problems we face towards the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus incontrovertibly convinced almost everyone on the importance of self-hygiene and keeping our surrounding virus and bacteria-free in order to maintain a healthy environment. Conventional detergents, disinfectants that are widely sold have some shortfalls such as low-performance in disinfecting, toxic and harmful ingredients, strict biocidal regulations, high risks at excessive usage or misusage, supply shortages in high demand periods, and high costs can be short-listed at a glance.
Our number one challenge of today is reducing carbon emission and finding alternative solutions in replacing harsh chemicals with non-toxic ones we use in our everyday life. Another challenge is to find alternative ways to reduce the packaging waste and the excess transportation need in the conventional way of producing and selling detergents. A 2017 study found that air pollution caused over 23.000 deaths in the UK, representing up to 7.1% of the GDP.
Our business innovation aims to develop a non-toxic, low-cost, powerful, and effective cleaning and disinfecting solution that can be prepared in-situ (at home or office). Compared to conventional detergents, this solution eliminates germs 99,9% safely. The project aims to eliminate the requirement of expensive, and toxic conventional detergents, disinfectants, and alcohol-based personal disinfectant products and introduce a low-cost solution that is easily reachable to public use.
The solution kills viruses, bacteria, microbes, fungus, and germs by 99,9% (including coronaviruses). The solution at the same time sterilizes, deodorizes, and purifies the air, and is safe to use on pets, and fruit and vegetables as well. The expected outcomes of the project are increased public health, reinforced prevention measures of the spread of germs by introducing a completely new, safe household cleaning, disinfecting, a low-cost gadget to the public use. The system reduces the total energy consumed in the transportation of bulky detergents consists of up to 95% water. The concept comes with a reusable spray bottle rather than disposable bottles used in conventional methods. This reduces the total packaging and plastic waste by up to 92% as the bottles and trigger sprays can be reused up to 50 times. The 3E concept and the main pillars in this project ensure Europe’s transition to a sustainable future in the detergent and sanitation industry and for its citizens. Transition to a green economy is one of the top priorities in this action and studies we are conducting in order to clever use of our sources and reducing energy consumption.
Advantages of 3E solution 1) Increase personal hygiene and public health, 2) Reduce toxic chemical consumption, 3) Reduce the cost of cleaning, 4) Reduce plastic packaging waste, 5) Reduce CO2 in transportation
We have conducted needed research activities to achieve the aimed performance results on the products.
WP1 aim is to achieve our technical maturation objectives. Specifically, we have optimized the MVP prototype according to what we have learned from our various market tests, UX studies, and the key findings from our commercial viability assessments.
In WP2 we have conducted various market tests including focus group UX studies with TRL8 working prototypes and examined real-life scenarios. Testing infrastructure has been formed to test various products and aspects of the concept. Some have been listed below.
- User acceptance
- Price/performance ratio
- User-friendliness
- Performance tests
- Design approach
Implementation of the UX studies and field tests have been succeeded. The key findings are conveyed to the research team for improvements.
WP3 addresses an entire 3E supply chain management in order to optimize the production, sales, and after-sales activities. Specifically, we have worked to consolidate and strengthen our supply chain to ensure a constant supply of components to sustain the manufacturing of 3E products. We have taken further precaution actions to minimize the risks of rising transportation costs and the inflation pressure on many commodities due to pandemics.
WP4 consists of tasks such as continually monitoring and analyzing current and future markets for 3E, including the competitive landscape. Costs estimations are carried out to a low-risk area. We have clear estimations of final costs with an acceptable lapse margin. The project’s commercial viability has been tested and validated by further financial projections. Widespread communication and dissemination activities will begin in the second period of the project as we have recently finalized our IPR applications.
Project management tasks in WP5 were to ensure proper execution and implementation of the project throughout the action period. These tasks are organized putting into consideration of below points.

- Ensuring proper execution of research and development activities,
- Correct financial administration and continuous reporting,
- Submission of deliverables on time,
- Forming a key decision committee in the consortium,
- Organizing periodic coordination meetings within the consortium members,
- Liaison between the consortium and the European Commission

All these points have been successfully covered within the first reporting period. Trademark and industrial design applications have been submitted for the protection of the project outcomes.
Our main objective with this FTI project is to develop a low-cost household gadget (3E) that will generate in-situ, ready-to-use high performing, effective and non-toxic cleaning and disinfecting agent to reinforce the measures of preventing the spread of diseases. The project aims to eliminate the requirement of expensive, and toxic conventional detergents, disinfectants, and alcohol-based personal disinfectant products and introduce a very low-cost solution that is easily reachable to public use. The 3E gadget works only with tap water, and a specially formulated extract consists of Sodium chloride (NaCI), and other edible (non-toxic) surfactants. The 3E gadget converts this special solution and tap water into a non-toxic yet powerful detergent including hypochlorous acid to combat infectious organisms on the surfaces, in the air, and pesticides on vegetables and fruits. The electrolysis of special extract forms a solution of hypochlorous acid and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). The resulting non-toxic solution can be used as a safe disinfectant. The solution kills viruses, bacteria, microbes, fungus, and germs by 99,9% (including coronaviruses). The solution at the same time sterilizes, deodorizes, and purifies the air, and is safe to use with pets, and fruit and vegetables as well. 3E will sterilize and deodorize simply every surface, air, and even clothes, carpets, and shoes. The 3E gadget can be used at home, in the car, at the office, wherever sterilization is needed. The expected outcomes of the project are increased public health, reinforced prevention measures of the spread of germs, viruses, bacteria, and fungus by introducing a completely new, safe household cleaning, disinfecting, a low-cost gadget to the public use. The use of a 3E solution is economic and starts saving money from day one.
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